"One of the best programmes we have done."
"The training provided by Grassroots is of a very high standard: well prepared and well delivered by experienced, capable trainers."
"Here in Brighton we have one of the highest suicide rates in the country, and the work of Grassroots Training here is invaluable. Grassroots equips people with the skills to adopt a sensitive and sophisticated approach towards suicide prevention initiatives. It increases the chances that a person battling with suicidal thoughts will receive the help they so desperately need. It makes a real difference to people's lives."
"I found the course extremely valuable. There were many aspects we will be able to use in the future.
There were a number of pointers we can use in future coverage which will enable us to improve not only our accuracy but also the way we present stories which will ensure they cause the minimum distress to those involved.
All reporters will be issued with guidelines for future coverage and be encouraged to include helplines/useful contact details etc in their stories and features.
I would thoroughly recommend this training to other papers."
"Sussex Central YMCA has utilised Grassroots training over a number of years; in particular ASIST. As an organisation our staff have felt that Grassroots have provided a safe environment where they can explore their thoughts and anxieties around supporting clients expressing suicidal thoughts and feel confident in putting into practice interventions such as safe plans. The ASIST training is perhaps one of the most useful and practical courses we use and once staff have undertaken the training it is quickly embedded into practice."
"Of all the groups involved in mental health awareness that I have ever met, Grassroots is the most positive, hopeful and courageous."
"I think that sitting with 'death side' is very difficult for doctors and I want to move quickly to life and living.
The other very useful take home message for me was that being a suicide first aider is just that , first aid at that moment... like CPR, you may be successful at that moment but you are not responsible for long term outcome and you may not be successful at that moment but it is having the skill to try your best and a framework to help manage these difficult consultations.
Miranda was the trainer for my group and she made it fun and enjoyable."
Monday 10 September is World Suicide Prevention Day, and we are holding public events in the city. See our plans here...
Grassroots have an exciting opportunity for a volunteer data entry/administrator who shares our commitment and passion for suicide prevention to aid and support to the smooth running and organisation of the office training systems, processes and data entry. Find out more here...
Book your funded place now, Punk Rock is calling you to the stage, online suicide prevention toolkit for people with learning disabilities, Real Talk feedback so far, we are looking for Changemakers, and Walking Out Of Darkness is this Sunday. Read the newsletter here...
"Suicide is everyone's business; it devastates so many lives no matter who you are, where you work or where you live. We want to use every method available to us to make Sussex, and beyond, a place where people thinking about suicide are supported and helped in their workplace and their community."